Crook County History Center

  • TWO FLOORS IN THE OLD BANK


    feature tantalizing exhibits that tell Central Oregon history in detail …  
  • THE HISTORY CENTER OPENED IN 2012


    … and houses the museum’s research library, community room and new exhibits.  
  • NEW EXHIBITS REVEAL A RICH HISTORY


    Wind your way through exhibits, discover how Crook County has changed …      
  • LIVING TRADITIONS traces native peoples …


    … that have shared the history of Crook County.  

Welcome to Bowman Museum

We exist to inspire, entertain, educate and involve our local community, as well as visitors from all over the world, in the stewardship of our unique history.

We serve Crook County residents and Central Oregon visitors by offering new exhibits every year. We also feature exciting speakers, area tours, historical and genealogical research assistance, annual celebrations, regular visitation hours, newspaper articles and quarterly publications.

What’s Happening


This Just In …

“Fashion Friday”

Bowman fashionHave you ever wondered how many garments we have at the museum, or when they’ll ever be on display? We started asking ourselves these same questions. We wanted to find a way to show off as many of our historic textiles as we could throughout the year.

Our collection is wide ranging and includes garments from the late 1800s all the way into the 1970s, we also have a vast collection of hats, purses and even parasols. With all of these wonderful representations of decades gone by  “Fashion Friday” was born. Every Friday throughout the year a new vignette will be constructed and displayed in our windows along Main street using our women’s clothing collection.

Keep an eye out for special garments during months celebrating an event such as Women’s History Month in March, we’ll have a new women’s military uniform up each week in conjunction with our women’s history month exhibit. Each week we hope to improve upon the last as we find more hidden treasures in our collection.

Museum Info


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Address
246 North Main Street,
Prineville, Oregon 97754

Hours

Winter
Tues. – Fri.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. 11 – 4 p.m.

Summer
(Memorial Day thru Labor Day)
Mon. – Fri.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat. & Sun
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Closed major holidays & January

Phone
541-447-3715

Research Library Hours
Tues. & Thurs. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Special hours by appointment

Staff Contact: (click to email)

Museum Staff:

Gordon Gillespie, Museum Director

Steve Lent, Museum Historian

Sarah Baylinson, Collections Manager

Eloise Brummer, Collections Assistant & General Info

Leslie O’Neal, Saturday Attendant